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Although there is no cure for Marfan syndrome, there are several options that can minimize and prevent complications. Individualized Marfan syndrome treatment programs are available -- the specific one the doctor recommends will depend on which body systems have been affected.
Marfan syndrome affects several different body systems. Therefore, people with this condition should have several different doctors. A general practitioner or pediatrician can oversee routine healthcare and refer patients to specialists such as:
- A cardiologist (a doctor who specializes in heart disorders)
- An orthopedist (a doctor who specializes in bones)
- An ophthalmologist (a doctor who specializes in eye disorders)
- A geneticist (a doctor with special knowledge about inherited diseases).
Options for Marfan Syndrome Treatment
In order to develop a cure, scientists need to identify and change the specific gene responsible for the disorder before birth. Although there is no cure for Marfan syndrome yet, there are several treatment options that can minimize and prevent complications. Individualized Marfan syndrome treatment programs are available, depending on which body systems have been affected.
Body systems that can be affected by Marfan syndrome include the:
- Skeletal system
- Heart and blood vessels
- Nervous system
The Skeletal System
People with Marfan syndrome should have annual evaluations to detect changes in the spine or sternum. This is particularly important in times of rapid growth, such as adolescence. A serious deformity can be disfiguring, and it can prevent the heart and lungs from functioning properly. In some cases, an orthopedic brace or surgery may be recommended to limit damage and disfigurement.